As application design and development life cycles grow more complex, the chances a mistake can slip through rise. Excel and .NET integration can help companies avoid errors that can damage the effectiveness of their programs, alienate end users and compromise their reputation. Microsoft Excel continues to be a mainstay for data collection and analysis in many industries, but it is susceptible to errors. Any accidental entries or deletions in spreadsheets that span thousands of cells can completely throw off calculations and insights, and may not be revealed until it's too late.
Excel and .NET integration can help developers and companies mitigate the possibility of erroneous data in their spreadsheets by supplying end users with better tools and features that simplify, automate and better track the process of data entry and analysis. Here are ways Excel and .NET integration can aid businesses in their quest to optimize spreadsheet utilization.
- Improves collaboration: Traditional departmental silos can hamper data usage and analysis, as the failure to share reports and spreadsheets between all stakeholders means that users may be acting on incomplete or outdated information. Excel and .NET integration allows developers to centralize the processes of importing and exporting data. Migrations and modifications take place in the consolidated application so that all departments are working with the same up-to-date information.
- Enhances database configuration: Planning database capacity is an important aspect of the overall data storage and analysis program. In the big data age, it's increasingly important to improve the links between front-end applications such as Excel and back-end database infrastructure. As The Register's Robin Birtstone pointed out, .NET tools can be leveraged to better analyze the application that a database serves, in order to reveal bottlenecks and other potential performance issues. Excel and .NET integration supports this effort.
- Allows for better mobile deployment: Mobile continues its takeover of enterprise usage, so much so that the smartphone is really becoming the "first screen" for many business users, Re/code contributor Peter Coffee pointed out. Excel cannot retain the same functionality on mobile apps, but it's important that mobile end users can access the analysis and visualizations. .NET components like FlexGrid can provide the same type of experience users are accustomed to when they use Excel on their PCs, providing the same quality of data analysis as primary screen use changes.
- Supports advanced analysis: As analytics take on a more prominent role in the enterprise, companies need to get the most out of their data. Integrating Excel and .NET allows enterprises to leverage the data contained in their spreadsheets for more complex analysis with advanced tools. Information and calculations can easily be exported from Excel to other visualization programs in a seamless and user-friendly fashion.